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Application Procedure

Male and female students in Library

If you wish to apply for the PPD programme please fill in the application form including your supporting/ personal statement and email this together with the supporting statement and any other required supporting documentation to or post to the address below

PPD Office

Faculty of Education

184 Hills Road



Guidance notes to help you fill in your application form are also available.

Overseas applicants should be aware that it can be difficult to obtain a visa for part time study. Under the UK government's immigration policy, our part time postgraduate courses are not eligible for a Tier 4 student visa. Therefore, we are unable to sponsor potential students to make Tier 4 visa applications to attend our PPD programme.

Application Deadlines

Individual study has two entry points in the academic year in October and May.

To apply for the October entry point, your application should be received by no later than 30th April.

To apply for the May entry point, your application should be received by no later than 30th January.

Taught courses have individual application deadlines so please refer to the course specific sites for further details of these. Applicants should be aware that it can take some  time to find suitable supervisors for individual research study, particularly at busy times of the year, like over the summer. Partial applications submitted on the deadline will not be accepted.  It is in your interests to apply well in advance of the deadline.


Some taught courses and the research study option will require an interview. This will be conducted by either the course coordinator or the member of staff we have identified as a potential supervisor. The PPD programme manager may also be present.  The interviews will provide you with the opportunity to discuss what you hope to gain from the programme and to design a route through the programme which suits you. If attendance at the faculty for an interview is difficult (for example you are applying from overseas), then in some cases a Skype interview can be arranged.

Admissions Policy

Our Admissions policy, including general entry requirements, applying with special requirements and appeals/ complaints is available here.

Data Protection Act 1988

The University has a legal requirement to collect certain information (including ethnicity and disability information if you choose to provide this), which will be sent to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Information is used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988.  For further information please see the HESA Fair Processing Notice.